Study fnds that meditation makes you less reactive

Have a hot temper, get stressed out easily, get anxious easily? Try meditation.

A new study reveals that practitioners of meditation experience changes in gene expression that are the exact opposite of what occurs during the “flight or fight” stress response.

Specifically, genes associated with energy metabolism, mitochondrial function, insulin secretion, and telomere maintenance are turned on, while those involved in inflammation are turned off.

These effects are more significant and consistent for long-term practitioners.

People who practice simple meditation aren’t “just relaxing,” explained the study’s senior author, Dr. Herbert Benson. Instead, they’re experiencing “a specific genomic response that counteracts the harmful genomic effects of stress.”

It’s been shown that repeating a yoga pose, prayer, or mantra while disregarding other thoughts protects against anxiety and depression as well as physical conditions such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and types of cancer that are exacerbated by stress.

For the study, published in the open access journal PLoS One, researchers at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind/Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Subjects trained 26 adults with no previous meditation experience for eight weeks.

The participants practiced deep breathing, repeated mantras, and learned to ignore intrusive thoughts.

At first, they were given blood tests immediately before and 15 minutes after listening to a 20-minute health education CD. This was repeated after their training, except this time with a CD that guided them through meditation. Twenty-five other individuals, who had long-term experience in evoking the relaxation response, were tested as well.

All of the subjects’ blood samples revealed changes in gene expression following meditation. The changes were the exact opposite of what occurs during flight or fight. In the long-term practitioners, the effects were more pronounced and consistent.

Although the study only explored one way of reaching a relaxation response, people have been figuring this out for themselves for thousands of years, through yoga, prayer, and other forms of meditation.

This is the first time, however, that researchers have been able to show that these practices actually produce a change in gene expression.

The findings show that the effects of the relaxation response become stronger with practice, typically twice a day for 10 to 20 minutes. “Do it for years,” said Benson, “and then these effects are quite powerful in how they change your gene activity.”



http://psychcentral.com/news/2013/05/04/meditation-produces-opposite-effect-of-fight-or-flight/54449.html

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Or just rub one out. Why waste a half hour when 45 seconds will do?

In. No temper but get stressed out or anxious very easily. I feel like it never goes away. Phone Post 3.0

I probably need to meditate. I'm sure it tells how somewhere on the Internet. Phone Post 3.0

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Here's a link to some guided meditations through UCLA's mindfulness center. It's good for beginners who are just starting to meditate.

http://marc.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=22

Most of the research done right now is done on midnfulness meditation but there lots of different kinds of meditation like concentration, loving kindness, mantra, body scan...etc.

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Sh!t like this makes me FURIOUS. Stupid ass study bullsh!t --WTF do they know?!?!

I HATE people who mediate. Sitting their with their eyes all closed, like theys better than me. I just want to knee them in tha FACE!!!

 

 

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Awesome. I have a corpora sales job which can be very stressful and make me anxious. At times I have panic attacks at night and meditation, amongst other things really does seem to help. Phone Post 3.0

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Sh!t like this makes me FURIOUS. Stupid ass study bullsh!t --WTF do they know?!?!



I HATE people who mediate. Sitting their with their eyes all closed, like theys better than me. I just want to knee them in tha FACE!!!



 



 

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Meditation is physiological. We often interpret those physiological effects as being "spiritual" to reinforce our beliefs. Phone Post 3.0

i couldn't sit still long enough to do it. i got the attention span of a 2 yr old.

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I meditate for 8 hours every night. Phone Post 3.0

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I take a shit and then I'm all better.

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